Jessica Danielle Heston, 19, of Cassville, is set to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in bio-chemistry from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in May. She is the daughter of Frank and Sonya Heston and the granddaughter of Chuck and Myrna Buehler, all of Cassville.
"I was so excited to be accepted," Heston said. "When I finish medical school, I want to work for awhile as a primary care doctor in rural areas in Missouri like Cassville."
Heston said she expects to follow her education with a specialty field involving research and chemistry.
"This year, I have been involved in cancer research at MSSU," Heston said. "That kind of chemistry really interests me."
Heston will begin her studies in August at Ross Medical School in Portsmouth, Dominica, an island in the Lesser Antilles approximately 300 miles north of the South American continent. She will be joined by more than 1,000 medical students from the United States.
Heston was one of 500,000 students applying for one of the 20,000 available seats.
Ross University has main clinical training facilities in Miami, Fla., and Saginaw, Mich. Administrative officers are headquartered in New Jersey.